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ALEC Trade Groups

About ALEC

ALEC is corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. ALEC legislative leaders are tasked with a duty to get the bills introduced and passed; ALEC members introduce the bills in statehouses as their own brilliant ideas—without disclosing that corporations pre-voted on them with politicians behind closed doors at ALEC resort meetings. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, and more than 20% become legally binding. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. It might be right. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.


This article contains the names of corporate trade groups that are known to be, or have been, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) members or supporters.

This is a partial list. You can add to it, if you cite your source.

Those groups known to be currently involved with ALEC, as of July 2011, appear in bold.

Corporate Board

As of 2011, trade groups on ALEC's corporate board are:[1]

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

  • Louisiana Chemical Association, "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[9] ($5,000 in 2010)[10]
  • Louisiana Railroads Association, "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[9] ($5,000 in 2010)[10] and member of Louisiana Host Committee[2]
  • Louisiana Realtors, "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[9] ($5,000 in 2010)[10] and Louisiana Host Committee member[2]

M

  • Medical Association of Georgia[5]
  • Michigan Association of Realtors ("the state’s largest professional real estate trade association"[25]), State corporate co-chair of Michigan[2]
  • Mineral Resource Alliance[5]
  • Missouri Association of Realtors, sponsor of "Missouri Night" at Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans during the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[26]

N

O

  • Oxygenated Fuels Association[5]

P

Q

R

S

  • Self Insurance Institute of America[5] (member-based association dedicated to protecting the business interests of companies involved in the self-insurance/alternative risk transfer industry)
  • Society of Louisiana CPAs, "Trustee" level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[9] ($5,000 in 2010)[10] and Louisiana Host Committee member[2]
  • Smokeless Tobacco Council[5]
  • Steel Recycling Institute[3][5]

T

U

V

W

  • Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America[31]

X

Y

Z

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 American Legislative Exchange Council Private Enterprise Board, organization website, accessed June 9, 2011
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 American Legislative Exchange Council, "Solutions for the States," 38th Annual Meeting agenda, on file with CMD, August 3-6, 2011
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, "Corporations and Trades Associations that Fund ALEC," Corporate America's Trojan Horse in the States: The Untold Story Behind the American Legislative Exchange Council, online report, 2003
  4. American Association of Christian School, About Us, organizational site, accessed August 22, 2011
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 5.25 5.26 5.27 5.28 5.29 5.30 5.31 5.32 5.33 5.34 5.35 5.36 5.37 5.38 5.39 5.40 5.41 5.42 5.43 5.44 5.45 5.46 5.47 5.48 5.49 5.50 5.51 5.52 5.53 5.54 5.55 5.56 5.57 5.58 5.59 5.60 5.61 5.62 5.63 5.64 5.65 Clearinghouse on Environmental Advocacy and Research, project of the Environmental Working Group, Information on American Legislative Exchange Council, archived organizational profile, archived by Wayback Machine December 2, 2000, accessed August 19, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 American Legislative Exchange Council Private Sector Executive Committee, organization website, accessed June 14, 2011
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 American Legislative Exchange Council, Commerce, Insurance & Economic Development Task Force Meeting Agenda, August 3, 2011, on file with CMD
  8. 8.0 8.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, States & Nation Policy Summit Agenda, organizational conference brochure, November 30-December 2, 2011, on file with CMD
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 American Legislative Exchange Council, 2011 Conference Sponsors, conference brochure on file with CMD, August 4, 2011
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 American Legislative Exchange Council, Sponsorship Opportunities at ALEC's Annual Meeting, organizational website, 2010, accessed August 4, 2011
  11. American Legislative Exchange Council, "Energy, Environment, and Agriculture 2011 Annual Meeting Task Force Meeting," speaker biographies and materials, August 4, 2011, on file with CMD
  12. Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force, ALEC website, Accessed May, 2011.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, Civil Justice Task Force Meeting Agenda, August 5, 2011, on file with CMD
  14. Amusement and Music Operators Association, About AMOA: Who we are, organizational site, accessed August 22, 2011
  15. Lee Hieb, President, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Why AAPS? Message from AAPS President Lee Hieb, M.D., organizational message, June 24, 2011
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 16.8 American Legislative Exchange Council Keeping the Promise: Making Health Care Accessible and Affordable for All Americans, January 1993
  17. American Legislative Exchange Council Inside ALEC Jan. 2011, organization newsletter, January 2011, p. 12
  18. Inside ALEC, May 2011, Alec.org website, Accessed July 6, 2011,p. 21
  19. American Legislative Exchange Council, "Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Meeting," agenda and meeting materials, August 4, 2011, on file with CMD
  20. American Legislative Exchange Council, RE: 35-DAY MAILING -- STATES AND NATION POLICY SUMMIT (Nov.-Dec. 2011), organizational meeting agenda, October 27, 2011, documents made public by Common Cause, April 26, 2012
  21. American Legislative Exchange Council, Natural Resources Task Force Committee Roster 2 As of 6/30/2011, organizational task force membership directory, June 30, 2011, p. 17, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  22. American Legislative Exchange Council, JOINT ENERGY AND AGRICULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE 2012 SPRING TASK FORCE SUMMIT MAY 11, 2012 TENTATIVE AGENDA, organizational document, April 6, 2012, p. 6, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  23. American Legislative Exchange Council, AGRICULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE 2011 STATES AND NATION POLICY SUMMIT NOVEMBER 30, 2011 TENTATIVE AGENDA, organizational document, October 27, 2011, p. 5, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 American Legislative Exchange Council, "Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force Meeting," agenda and meeting materials, August 5, 2011, on file with CMD
  25. Michigan Association of Realtors, What is MAR, association website, accessed August 10, 2011
  26. Jason Hancock, Free-market group draws criticism for potential role in bills, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 5, 2011
  27. National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) American Legislative Exchange Council Adopts NAMIC Model Legislation, press release, June 11, 2004
  28. Noble Ellington, National Chairman Of ALEC Responds To Report, "Fresh Air" Interview with Terry Gross, NPR, July 21, 2011
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, "Solutions for the States," 38th Annual Meeting agenda, on file with CMD, August 3-6, 2011
  30. American Legislative Exchange Council, Workshop #8: "Health Insurance Exchanges: States in Charge!," speaker biographies and materials, August 4, 2011, on file with CMD
  31. 31.0 31.1 American Legislative Exchange Council Public Safety and Elections Task Force Private Sector Executive Committee, organization website, accessed June 2, 2011
  32. NetChoice, About Us, organizational website, accessed August 8, 2011
  33. 33.0 33.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, "Exploring ALEC positions on E-commerce and E-taxes," panelist biographies and materials, August 5, 2011, on file with CMD
  34. 34.0 34.1 American Legislative Exchange Council, International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting and Federal Relations Working Group, meeting agenda and materials, August 4, 2011, on file with CMD
  35. American Legislative Exchange Council, Telecommunications and Information Technology, organizational site, accessed May, 2011
  36. TechFreedom, TechFreedom, organizational site, accessed August 31, 2011
  37. American Legislative Exchange Council, "Education Task Force Meeting," agenda and meeting materials, August 5, 2011, on file with CMD
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